The death of Mrs. John Murray Brown on Tuesday, June 26th, at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, removed from the scene a type of the handsome, accomplished woman who so well represented old New York in the late sixties and seventies of the last century. Born in the shadow of the old Union Club in New York City, and and her six sisters and two brothers there received their early education. Her father was the late Charles Lamson, a merchant of New York, whose business took him to that country, and her mother was the daughter of Capt. Marshall, whose family owned the famous Black Ball fleet of clipper ships. She and her sisters were in school in Paris just before the Germans descended on the city. Mrs. Brown frequently described how she and the other girls would walk in the Bois while the Emperor and Empress were taking their afternoon drive. The young ladies would courtesy and the Emperor invariably removed his hat while the Empress bowed and smiled in her charming manner. Later Mrs. Brown attended with one of her sisters a private school in Belmont nd it was here that she met and later married John Murray Brown, son of her old schoolmistress and later senior partner of the publishing house of Little, Brown and Company.
In Belmont she lived for many years and there her children were born. After Mr. Brown's death she remained for some time longer in Belmont, where of course she had many friends and where her devotion to All Saints' Church formed still another tie, but the country always appealed to her very strongly, and after disposing of the Belmont house she settled down permanently on her beautiful Acton farm. She was devoted to Acton and its people and was always an active and willing worker in their behalf.
In April, 1912, as Mrs. Brown was returning to America with her two sisters from the funeral of another sister, Lady Drummond, they had the misfortune to take passage on the ill-fated Titanic. All three were saved, but it is doubtful whether they ever fully recovered from the shock of that frightful and unnecessary tragedy.
Mrs. Brown is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George S. Keyes of Concord and Miss Margery Brown of Acton, and three sons, Murray Brown of Acton, Robert C. Brown of Richmond, Virginia, and Arthur P. Brown, Lunenburg, also three sisters, Mrs. Robert C. Cornell and Mrs. Charles Guthrie of New York, Mrs. Pedro de Florez of Paris.
The funeral services will take place at All Saints' Church, Belmont, at eleven o'clock on Friday morning, June 29th."